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Monday, July 24, 2000 / Mordad 3, 1379, No. 1028

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Prophet of light
Remembering Ahmad Shamlou

By Esmail Nooriala
July 24, 2000
The Iranian

The coming to end of Shamlou's bodily life can only be considered an inescapable natural occurrence with no direct impact on the literary history of modern Persian poetry. But it was the inevitable force of his words and deeds that has crept into and completely conquered modern Persian literature and culture, rendering modern Iranian writers and thinkers a challenging standard of excellence in humanist thought and literary achievement that will live long after he has left his dusty shell >>> GO TO FEATURE

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No fly zone
Molavi bird market in Tehran

Photos by Ali Khaligh
July 24, 2000
The Iranian

Birds (and a variety of other animals) have been bought and sold in the long, narrow alleys of downtown Tehran's Molavi district for ages. Some come to buy chickens for dinner. Others are pigeon collectors. And some are looking for love birds or parots as pets >>> GO TO FEATURE


Aida on Ahmad

BBC Persian Service

Ahmad Shamlou, the greatest contemporary Iranian poet, died this morning after battling illness. Shamlou was considered a leading literary figure who had a great impact on modern Iranian free verse. Sima Zand spoke to Aida, his wife, who was a great inspiration in his poetry >>> LISTEN HERE

Shamlou dargozasht


News about Shamlou's death and his collected works. The funeral ceremony in Tehran will be held on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Statememts on Shamlou

Cherik-haaye Fadaai-ye Khalq >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Opinion poll on daily Kayhan

Tehran, July 23, IRNA -- The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) will conduct an opinion poll on the Persian daily Kayhan through Internet.

The Public Relations Department of IRNA announced here Sunday that the poll will scrutinize different aspects of Kayhan's performance over the past few years >>> GO TO POLL

All the Iranian News, All the Time

The New York Times
July 24 , 2000

Twenty years after fleeing his native Iran for the United States, Sassan Kamali is a full-time television newsman once more.

"I feel like a born-again journalist," Mr. Kamali said.

A TV personality in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Mr. Kamali now produces and anchors a daily newsmagazine on National Iranian Television, or NITV, a 24-hour satellite television station that began full-scale broadcasts last month out of a North Hollywood, Calif., warehouse >>> FULL TEXT

Zebel khan gets suspended sentence

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Jonathan Taylor Spielberg, who enrolled in a Catholic high school pretending to be a nephew of the famous filmmaker, has been sentenced to two years' probation for forgery.... Spielberg was born Anoushirvan D. Fakhran in Iran, but changed his name 2 1/2 years ago >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Immortal Shamlou

Kiumarss Nasseri writes: The news is that Shamlou is dead, like any other human who has or will ever be on the face of this earth. The truth is that Shamlou was just born into immortality and joined the ranks of Hafez, Rumi, and Saadi ["Shamlu"].

* Not new

Guive Mirfendereski writes: The piece on the IRI's attempts to lure expatriates back to the motherland for whatever service or investment is not new to the Iranian society ["Come back (and be quiet)"].

Only back in the early 1970's the Pahlavi kingship sought also to prevent the flight of brains or brain drain (faraar-e maghzhaa) and it courted the notable Iranians living abroad. One such person who was rumoured to have been coaxed to return to the motherland was Professor Reza, who upon return lingered about for the longest of time until the regime was sufficiently embarased to post him abroad as the Iranian representative to UNESCO>>> FULL TEXT

* Herbalist Hashishin

Kaveh Tashakori writes: I read the article: "Separating the killers from the heroes" (by Guy Dinmore, Financial Times, July 15, 2000). Just a short note: The common and popular understanding as presented by Mr. Guy Dinmore in his article, is that the Ismailis with the leadership of Hassan Sabbah were known as "Hashashin" due to their useage of Hashish.

From what I have read it seems that this religious community were trying to live their life away from the atrocities as imposed by the Arab Caliphs in Iran, hence their living in a mountaintop community, in seclusion.

The word Hashashin at the time meant: the "Herbalists". Herbal medicine has ancient roots in Iran and it is known that in this community the cultivation of different herbs for medicinal purposes was practiced (including Hashish, amongst all the other herbs). Herbal medicine is used to this day in Iran alongside modern medicine.

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Nor has the heart that rests beyond the sky.

She whose mind dwells in the hanging stars

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Ahmad Shamlou, the greatest contemporary Iranian poet, died this morning after battling illness. Shamlou was considered a leading literary figure who had a great impact on modern Iranian free verse. Sima Zand spoke to Aida, his wife >>> LISTEN HERE

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Strangest of times

They smell your mouth

To see if you have been saying: I love you.

They smell your heart

This is the strangest of times, my dear!

-- Ahmad Shamlou, translated by Esmail Nooriala
"Propeht of light"
The Iranian
July 24, 2000

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